People Need Their Grants Not Food Parcels
19 December 2014.
The IFP calls on SASSA (South African Social
Security Agency) to pay grant recipients their monthly social grants
this month instead of providing them with food parcels, after SASSA
failed to communicate effectively that its payment dates have been
revised due to the festive season.
"SASSA changed its payment schedule without
informing every grant recipient timeously. Now it says that grant
recipients who did not collect their grants will be given food
parcels but they will not be paid the December grant in January.
People need money to buy what they want not these so called food
parcels, which they will eat today and be left with nothing for the
rest of the month. People have other financial commitments such as
paying their rent, utility bills, purchasing of school uniforms, etc,
besides food. This proves that SASSA does not understand the basic
needs of our people," said IFP Spokesperson on Social Development,
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana,MPL.
"The recent and ever growing spate of SASSA's
administrative disasters that have left countless vulnerable and
poor persons destitute and it has to be addressed and fixed with
immediate effect. These shortcomings do not conform to SASSA's
vision of being 'a leader in social security services'. The
responsibility of SASSA as a social security organisation is to
administer quality customer-centric social security services to the
poorest of the poor, thereby restoring the dignity of the
beneficiaries. SASSA has always claimed that it will pay social
grants 'to the right person, at the right time, at the right place' but it is failing on all three points," continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
"The Department of Social Development and SASSA
must implement a proper communications strategy in order to
effectively communicate with the public, particularly our elderly
people, so as to avoid incidents like the recent one that has
occurred. This situation shows a lack of communication and care by
SASSA and the Department towards grant recipients," concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
The IFP will pursue every available channel, including seeking legal advice on how it can intervene to help the poor and vulnerable who are being failed by SASSA and the National Government.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL,
FP Spokesperson on Social Development, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675